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The annual observance of the International Mother Earth Day by the United Nations on April 22 is part of the UN’s efforts to raise awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment.

By declaring this International Day, Member States of the United Nations recognised their responsibility, as called for in the Rio Declaration, adopted at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the “Earth Summit”, to promote harmony with nature and the planet to achieve a just balance among economic, social and environmental needs of the present and future generations of humanity.

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March 22 is commemorated by the United Nations (UN) as the World Water Day to highlight the global water crisis and celebrate the progress made till date. World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) as a means of focusing attention on the importance of water and advocating for the sustainable management of water resources.

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March 8 is commemorated by the United Nations (UN) as the International Women’s Day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The theme for this year’s celebration revolves around the topic of "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum".

The day has political roots, having gotten its start as a Socialist event, but its focus has expanded since the first International Women’s Day in 1909.  Although one may argue that the last few decades have seen the lives of women improving and gaining a lot more advancement, the truth is that women continue to face discrimination in many social, political, economic and cultural spheres of their lives.

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